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Stories from Saturday, December 3, 2005

Alternate name for Christmas tree upsets some groups (12/03/05)
Some national retailers sell Christmas trees as "holiday" trees. That has created a firestorm of protest from some national Christian groups, including the American Family Association. But several local ministers say it's the job of Christians rather than retail stores to spread the Gospel...
Altoms to face trial (12/03/05)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- When Dr. Ann DiMaio-Ricci looked at 4-year-old Ethan Patrick Williams soon after his arrival at Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital in St. Louis, she had a single thought: This child was going to die. "Clearly, here was a child in septic shock," DiMaio-Ricci testified Friday in the preliminary hearing on felony neglect charges against Ethan's mother and stepfather...
Two other children in the Altom home remain in foster care (12/03/05)
The two surviving children from the home of Michael and Emily Altom are in foster care as their parents fight criminal charges in the death of their son. Holton Williams, 6, and Dorian Altom, 2, were removed from their parents' care Aug. 2, after Missouri Children's Division investigator Donna Kuntze Bullard and law enforcement officers saw the living conditions in their home...
Illlinois police find $1.5 million worth of cocaine (12/03/05)
UNION COUNTY, Ill. -- Illinois State Police put a $1.5 million dent into cocaine traffic passing through Union County, on Wednesday. During a safety check of a tractor-trailer on Interstate 57, a state trooper discovered 15 bricks of cocaine, with a gross weight of 37 pounds, in the cab of the truck. ...
Births 12/02/05 (12/03/05)
Halter Son to Michael Jacob Halter and Heather Nicole Huffman of Jackson, Southeast Missouri Hospital, 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2005. Name, Colton James. Weight, 7 pounds, 14 ounces. Second child, first son. Ms. Huffman is the former Heather Armstrong, daughter of Linda Stewart and James Stewart of Jackson. Halter is the son of Susan Smith and Michael Smith of Scott City. He is employed at Quality Packaging...
Clarification 12/3/05 (12/03/05)
The Bonney Bank Artists' First Friday event was incorrectly listed in Friday's Arts and Leisure section. The Bonney Bank Artists are not affiliated with Garden Gallery.
Police caution local business owners about the dangers of identity theft (12/03/05)
Identity theft is the United States' fastest growing crime, victimizing 9 million Americans last year with staggering losses that amounted to more than $52 billion. On Friday, police warned Cape Girardeau business leaders that if they haven't been a victim of identity theft yet, there's a good chance they will be at some point. Some admitted later that they already had been, regaling horror stories of having thousands of dollars swiped with the help of their personal information...
Seven nights of 'First Fruits' (12/03/05)
In a way, says Dr. Ivy Locke, everyone -- regardless of race -- should celebrate Kwanzaa. Or at least everyone's entitled to. "Where did civilization start?" she asked. "Everyone is of African descent." Kwanzaa is largely thought to be a celebration for blacks. And, indeed, millions of people of African descent throughout the world will celebrate Kwanzaa for seven nights from Dec. 26 to Jan. 1...
Clothing, other basic needs can help needy children, elderly (12/03/05)
Toybox Children in this family all have clothing needs. Size 3 to 4 T for 3-year-old Colton; school clothes in a size 7 or 8 for his 4-year-old brother, Eddie, and size 8 or 9 for his 6-year-old brother, Matthew. These brothers are keen on action figures like Buzz Lightyear, Spider-Man and the Hulk. ...
State's student councils meet in Cape Girardeau next year (12/03/05)
Central High School's Student Senate will play host for the state convention of the Missouri Association of Student Councils in Cape Girardeau next year. In an attempt to keep costs as low as possible, the Student Senate is seeking families willing to host a visiting student or two for the weekend of March 10 to 12. More than 1,200 high school students from across Missouri will be looking for a place to call home during the convention...
Religion briefs 12/3/05 (12/03/05)
Today; Sunday
Tax incentives on the chopping block for film crews shooting in Missouri (12/03/05)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- For years, Missouri has offered tax breaks to filmmakers looking to shoot movies within its borders. From 1999's Civil War yarn "Ride With the Devil," shot near Kansas City, to this year's "The Game of Their Lives," filmed partly in St. Louis, production companies could get up to $1 million in income tax expenses refunded to them if they spent more than $300,000...
State at risk of losing federal funding over Medicaid cuts (12/03/05)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Federal Medicaid officials said Friday that Missouri is at risk of losing some federal funding for medical services to the blind because of the way the state has implemented recent Medicaid cuts. State Medicaid director Mike Ditmore said the federal concerns could lead the state to simply pay for services for the blind, forgoing the typical federal reimbursement...
Census confirms that St. Louis is growing in population (12/03/05)
ST. LOUIS -- Peter and Jane Reinecke were empty-nesters living in a 6,500-square-foot home in Chesterfield who tired of the 25-mile drive into St. Louis for trips to ballgames, the Fox Theatre and Muny Opera. So they found a century-old house in a historic city neighborhood, fell in love with it and moved in in March...
Missouri approves tracking cell phone signals for real-time traffic reports (12/03/05)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Missouri transportation officials approved a controversial contract Friday that will allow a private corporation to track signals from motorists' cell phones to map traffic snarls and highway congestion on major roads throughout the state...
Indiana authorities confirm identity of charred body (12/03/05)
DAVENPORT, Iowa -- A burned body found near Mount Vernon, Ill., has been identified as that of a Davenport man who went missing last week, investigators said. Charles Lee "Chris" Nixon, 37, was last seen Nov. 25 at his home, where his roommate later found a blood stain and notified authorities. Nixon's body was found the next day about 240 miles away burning on rural property south of Interstate 64 in Jefferson County, Ill., according to that county's sheriff, Roger Mulch...
Case that transformed death penalty debate back in court (12/03/05)
CHICAGO -- A 10-year-old girl by the name of Jeanine Nicarico helped to transform the debate over the death penalty in America. In 1983, Jeanine was kidnapped from her home outside Chicago, raped and murdered. During the two decades that followed, two men were tried amid allegations that sheriff's deputies and prosecutors concealed and fabricated evidence and put lying jailhouse snitches on the stand...
Federal court strikes down Blagojevich video game restrictions (12/03/05)
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- A federal judge ruled Friday that a new Illinois law against selling violent or sexual video games to minors is unconstitutional, and he barred the state from enforcing it. State officials "have come nowhere near" demonstrating that the law passes constitutional muster, said U.S. District Court Judge Matthew Kennelly in Chicago...
N.C. inmate becomes 1,000th executed since '77 (12/03/05)
RALEIGH, N.C. -- A double-murderer became the 1,000th person executed in the United States since capital punishment resumed 28 years ago. Kenneth Lee Boyd, who gunned down his estranged wife and father-in-law 17 years earlier, died at 2:15 a.m. Friday after receiving a lethal injection. Boyd's death rallied death penalty opponents, and about 150 protesters gathered outside the prison...
Research by Congress says EPA studies favored President Bush's air pollution plan (12/03/05)
WASHINGTON -- Researchers who work for Congress say the Environmental Protection Agency skewed its analysis of air pollution legislation to favor President Bush's plan. The EPA's analysis "works in favor of" Bush's plan by overstating some costs of competing bills, said a report Friday by the Congressional Research Service. The 2002 Bush plan, dubbed "Clear Skies," remains stalled in Congress...
Strong earthquake rocks northern Japan (12/03/05)
TOKYO -- A strong earthquake rocked northern Japan late Friday night, the country's meteorological agency said. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries, and no tsunami warning was issued. The quake with preliminary magnitude 6.4 struck at 7:17 a.m. ...
Senate eyes plan for allowing Homeland Security to regulate chemical plants (12/03/05)
WASHINGTON -- The chemical industry may face federal regulation of security at its plants to safeguard against terror attacks. Under a draft Senate plan, chemical plants that fail to create, update and submit security plans could be shut down by the Homeland Security Department...
Al-Qaida lacks capability in U.S., top counterterror official says (12/03/05)
WASHINGTON -- U.S. counterterrorism agencies have not detected a significant al-Qaida operational capability in the United States since the 2003 arrest of a man who was plotting to destroy the Brooklyn Bridge. Nevertheless, al-Qaida's capabilities aren't clear and the group remains dangerous, said the new deputy director of the National Counterterrorism Center, Kevin Brock...
U.S. payrolls grow by 215,000 in November (12/03/05)
WASHINGTON -- America's payrolls snapped out of a two-month hurricane-induced funk in November and grew by 215,000, the most since July. The unemployment rate held steady at 5 percent. The fresh snapshot of the jobs situation by the Labor Department on Friday suggested that employers were feeling much better about hiring now that energy prices have retreated from record highs and the energy supply and transportation disruptions from the trio of Gulf Coast hurricanes are easing...
Kidnappers threaten to kill peace activists if demands not met (12/03/05)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- The kidnappers of four Christian peace activists threatened to kill the hostages unless all prisoners in U.S. and Iraqi detention centers are released, according to a videotape broadcast Friday by Al-Jazeera television. The tape showed what the broadcaster said were two Canadian hostages. An American and a Briton are also being held. The kidnappers gave the two governments until Dec. 8 to meet their demands, Al-Jazeera quoted a statement delivered with the tape as saying...
Russia's Amur River faces ecological blow from benzene spill (12/03/05)
KHABAROVSK, Russia -- Fishermen are quick to tell yarns about the big catch. But on the banks of the Amur River, the stories anglers lovingly recount are about fish that did not reek of chemicals. A toxic spill heading this way from China is just the latest ecological blow to the Amur, whose basin is home to 5 million Russians. For years, residents have been warned not to swim in the river, eat its fish or even drink water from their taps because of pollutants and bacteria...
Notre Dame edges Meadow Heights in OT to win Woodland tourney (12/03/05)
Top-seeded Notre Dame survived a back-and-forth battle with No. 2 Meadow Heights to claim the title of the Woodland Invitational boys basketball tournament 77-72 in overtime on Friday. The Bulldogs made twice as many field goals (34-17), but the Panthers drained eight 3-pointers compared to none for Notre Dame...
Bell City captures Oran tourney title (12/03/05)
With 6-foot-10 junior Will Bogan in foul trouble throughout Friday's championship game of the 50th annual Oran Invitational Tournament, No. 2 Bell City was at a bit of a height disadvantage against top-seeded Twin Rivers. The Royals had three players 6-3 or taller in their lineup, while 6-2 senior Jeff Liggins was often Bell City's tallest player on the floor. ...
Haines' new team close to home, heart (12/03/05)
Talley Haines still will have to make an impression to actually pitch for the Cardinals, but he at least has taken the first step toward that. Haines, a Central High School graduate who has played professional baseball the past eight years, signed a minor league contract with St. Louis on Friday...
Panthers get Redhawks' number (12/03/05)
MILWAUKEE, Wis. -- Fortunately for Southeast Missouri State's Redhawks, they don't have to play Wisconsin-Milwaukee any more this season. The Panthers posted their second narrow win over Southeast in a week, holding on for a 73-70 win on their home court Friday night...
Tennessee-Martin ready to make up for last year (12/03/05)
Tennessee-Martin had a season last year that coach Bret Campbell would just as soon forget. "We had a number of setbacks that pulled us down through the season," said Campbell, whose squad went 6-21 overall and finished 10th in the 11-team Ohio Valley Conference at 3-13. "It was just a really tough year for everybody involved."...
Redhawks gymnastics squad will have an intrasquad meet Tuesday (12/03/05)
Although the season doesn't begin for more than a month, Southeast Missouri State women's gymnastics fans can get a sneak preview of their squad on Tuesday. The Redhawks will hold their annual intrasquad "Meet the Team Night" at 5 p.m. at Parker Gym. There is no admission charge...
NASCAR simulator draws a crowd (12/03/05)
Jackson Middle School sixth-grader Law Duncan had just driven two laps around Daytona International Speedway on Friday afternoon, hitting a top speed of 190 miles per hour and getting into three crashes. And he was ready for more. "I think we're going to do it again," said his father, Dr. Sam Duncan, a Jackson school district administrator...
MU falls short in Arkansas (12/03/05)
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Missouri had made 3-pointer after 3-pointer during a second-half rally -- and now, needing one more to tie in the final seconds, the Tigers' Marcus Watkins was open on the right wing. "I saw a bunch of them that I didn't think were going in that went in," Arkansas coach Stan Heath said. "And then I saw that one -- I thought that was going in, and fortunately it didn't."...
It's official- Start goes to Fitzpatrick (12/03/05)
ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis Rams rookie quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick was finally declared the starter for Sunday's game against the Redskins. "Do you want a drum roll?" interim coach Joe Vitt said Friday. "Yes. I think he gets better every day, he really does."...
Congress plans to look at BCS (12/03/05)
Congress plans to look at BCS HOUSTON -- Calling the Bowl Championship Series "deeply flawed," the chairman of a congressional committee has called a hearing on the controversial system used to determine college football's national champion. A House Energy and Commerce subcommittee, charged with regulating America's sports industry, announced Friday it will conduct a hearing on the BCS next week, after this season's bowl matchups are determined...
Army hopes to take biggest step in turnaround season (12/03/05)
PHILADELPHIA -- Bobby Ross' rebuilding project at Army is one victory away from completion. Since arriving at West Point two years ago, Ross has steadily improved college football's worst team. Army (4-6) still hasn't had a winning season since 1996, but it's no longer a laughingstock program...
Rams work around injuries in offensive line, secondary (12/03/05)
ST. LOUIS -- Now that it's certain that Ryan Fitzpatrick will start at quarterback for the Rams on Sunday against the Washington Redskins, the question is: Who will protect him? Offensive tackle Orlando Pace is expected to return to the lineup, but he left in the first half of last week's overtime victory over the Texans with hamstring and hip flexor injuries...
Longhorns have a lot at risk in title game (12/03/05)
HOUSTON -- To earn the same $700,000 that every other school in the Big 12 will receive from Saturday's conference championship game, Texas has to work a little harder. The Longhorns must play a team they've already beaten to win a conference they've already dominated...
Bitter about loss, Hopkins set for rematch with Taylor (12/03/05)
LAS VEGAS -- The fighter in Bernard Hopkins still grows bitter when he thinks about the narrow loss to Jermain Taylor that cost him both his middleweight titles and one of the most remarkable championship runs in history. The promoter in Hopkins looks at it differently. He sees nothing but opportunity because the fight set up tonight's rematch for the 160-pound titles Hopkins once owned...
Relationships reveal our Christmas spirit (12/03/05)
"The Life was revealed, and we saw and are testifying to and declare to you the Life, the eternal Life Who already existed with the Father and Who was made visible to us. What we have seen and heard, we are also telling you so that you too may realize and enjoy fellowship as partners and partakers with us. And this fellowship that we have is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ (the Messiah)." 1 John 1:2,3...
Louise Willard (12/03/05)
Louise M. Willard, 94, of Cape Girardeau died Friday, Dec. 2, 2005, at her home. She was born Feb. 10, 1911, in Perryville, Mo. Arrangements are incomplete at Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Funeral Home.
Frances Cox (12/03/05)
Frances L. Cox, 77, of Cape Girardeau died Friday, Dec. 2, 2005, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete at Ford and Sons Funeral Home.
Karlee Brown (12/03/05)
LEOPOLD, Mo. -- Karlee Sue Brown, infant, died Nov. 22, 2005, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. She was born Nov. 22, 2005, to Ron and Jackie Brown of Leopold. Survivors include her parents; Robert Seth Brown and Parker Leo Brown of Leopold; maternal grandparents, Robert and Karen Jansen of Leopold; paternal grandparents, Jean Brown and Eddie Graham of Marble Hill, Mo.; and great-grandmother Gladys Nenninger of Leopold...
Liz Crain (12/03/05)
GRAND CHAIN, Ill. -- Liz Crain, 67, of Grand Chain and formerly of Mounds, Ill., died Friday, Dec. 2, 2005, at her home. She was born Sept. 19, 1938, at Olmsted, Ill., daughter of John Paul and Ruby Edwards Caudle. She married James W. Crain. Crain was a retired riverboat cook, a hairdresser and a seamstress. She was a member of the Methodist Church...
Bob Medley (12/03/05)
VANDUSER, Mo. -- Robert "Bob" Medley, 54, of Vanduser died Thursday, Dec. 1, 2005, at his brother's home in Sikeston, Mo. He was born on Jan. 8, 1951, at Cape Girardeau, son of Russell L. and Iva Driskell Medley. He served in the Navy during the Vietnam War. He was a machine operator for Good Humor Breyers in Sikeston for 23 years...
Bruce Erwin (12/03/05)
COBDEN, Ill., -- Bruce Erwin, 73, of Cobden and formerly of Bourbonnais, Ill., died Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2005, at his home. He was born March 19, 1932, at Cobden, son of Cecil Milo and Mabel Ruth Erwin. He married Virginia Crowell on June 27, 1956. Erwin was an insurance agent, working for Country Companies from 1961 to 1965 and for State Farm Insurance in Kankakee County from 1967 to 1988. ...
Dennis Reimann (12/03/05)
Dennis J. Reimann, 50, of Cape Girardeau passed away Thursday, Dec. 1, 2005, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. He was born on Oct. 24, 1955, at Cape Girardeau, son of Ernest O. and Lillian Lowes Reimann. Reimann was baptized and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church in Egypt Mills. He was a 1973 graduate of the former College High School in Cape Girardeau...
Aurelius Kaltwasser (12/03/05)
FORT WAYNE, Ind. -- The Rev. Aurelius Ottomar Kaltwasser, 99, of Fort Wayne, Ind., died Friday, Nov. 25, 2005, at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne, Ind. He was born Sept. 14, 1906, at Walburg, Texas, son of John A. and Christina (nee Kasperick) Kaltwasser. He married Helene Clara Kunkel in Olney, Texas, on May 20, 1934. She preceded him in death on May 14, 2005...
Mary Fritz (12/03/05)
VILLA RIDGE, Ill. -- Mary Sue Fritz, 60, of Villa Ridge died Thursday, Dec. 1, 2005, at Memorial Hospital in Carbondale, Ill. She was born Oct. 1, 1945, at Cairo, Ill., daughter of Adeil and Myra Rhymer Sharp. She married Carl Fritz. Fritz was a member of the Urbandale Community Church...
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Out of the past 12/3/05 (12/03/05)
25 years ago: Dec. 3, 1980 In August, the Cape Girardeau City Council granted a request by Cape Girardeau Cable Television for a four-month extension on the deadline for the completion of the basic cable system here; however, with that deadline just two weeks away, cable officials report that work on the basic system will be forced to extend beyond the new deadline...
Positive leadership: These days, criticism has become uncivil (12/03/05)
In my Thursday column, I quoted from two books, one about Winston Churchill and the other about Theodore Roosevelt. The following is from the chapter in the Churchill book, "Never Give In" by Stephen Mansfield, on "action." "Things do not get better by being left alone. Unless they are adjusted, they explode with a shattering detonation."...
Texas school lesson (12/03/05)
The Wall Street Journal The Texas Supreme Court did the expected last week and struck down the statewide property tax for funding public schools. But what was surprising and welcome was the Court's unanimous ruling that the Texas school system, which spends nearly $10,000 per student, satisfies the funding "adequacy" requirements of the state constitution. Most remarkable of all was the court's declaration that "more money does not guarantee better schools or more educated students."...
A Brazeau Christmas (12/03/05)
The tiny community of Brazeau (pronounced BRAZ-o) nestles between Longtown and Frohna in eastern Perry County, 25 miles north of Cape Girardeau as the crow flies. For the sixth year, many of the 23 residents and others who live in the area have pitched in to decorate the town for today's Christmas Walk...
Speak Out 12/3/05 (12/03/05)
America's needs; Stiffer penalties; Let's do both; What country?; Card will save money; Postage bargain
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